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Rebels fall short against Crusaders

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Melissa Woods

Coming through: Rebel Jason Woodward on the charge.

Coming through: Rebel Jason Woodward on the charge. Photo: Getty Images

The Melbourne Rebels fell to their second successive loss as the Crusaders flexed their Super Rugby muscle with a 25-19 win at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The Rebels were hopeful of rebounding from a heavy loss to the Western Force and while they delivered a much-improved performance, couldn't get the better of the Crusaders.

Centre Tom Taylor proved his value with the boot, slotting a faultless six penalties and one conversion to give the Crusaders two wins from four games heading into the bye.

Time
80.00
Team
REB
Score
19
Team
CRU
Score
25
Rebels versus Crusaders
View Match Statistics
Players Fuglistaller (77min) Tries 1 Tries 1 Players Funnell (55min)
Players Hegarty 1/1 (100%) Conversions 1 Conversions 1 Players Taylor 1/1 (100%)
Players Woodward 3/4 (75%), Hegarty 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 4 Penalty goals 6 Players Taylor 6/6 (100%)
Players Drop goals 0 Drop goals 0 Players

In an arm wrestle of a first half, neither side was able to cross the tryline, with Taylor kicking his team to a 12-9 lead, while fullback Jason Woodward collected the Rebels' points.

They had plenty of possession but too often the Rebels released the pressure valve on the Crusaders with an error or poor kick while a rocketing penalty count did them no favours.

The visitors' defence was also rock solid, with prop Laurie Weeks coming off second best as he knocked himself out taking the ball up late in the first half and didn't return.

The first try of the match came in the 56th minute with the Rebels trying desperately to hold out the waves of attack before they were caught short, Crusaders hooker Ben Funnell going over out wide.

The conversion and then another penalty from Taylor pushed the lead out to 13 points and while there was still time to make amends, Melbourne never really looked comfortable.

They managed to get across the line with two minutes remaining with hard-working flanker Scott Fuglistaller coming up with the points after the forwards mauled the ball.

Bryce Hegarty added the extras to ensure an important bonus point for finishing within seven points.

Compounding the disappointment, the Rebels lost exciting fullback Woodward eight minutes into the second half when he limped off with a leg injury.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
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NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
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ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
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CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
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RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
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IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
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